Artists record version of other musician's songs all the time, but that doesn't mean that the original artist is always thrilled with those covers. In fact, according to a new report, Maroon 5 apparently removed a cover version of one of Prince's songs from iTunes after they found out His Royal Purpleness wasn't happy about it.
Speaking to Billboard magazine in the cover story of the publication's current issue, Prince sounds off about musicians recording other musicians' songs in general, saying, "Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there." And while he acknowledges that he performs covers of songs in concert, Prince argues, "I’m not recording these songs and putting them up for sale."
The Billboard article then states, "At this point, [Prince] references Maroon 5's cover of his [#1 hit] 'Kiss,' letting it be known he wasn't thrilled by it." The Maroon 5 version of "Kiss" was a bonus track on the deluxe version of the band's latest album, Overexposed, but Billboard points out that it's no longer included in the package. A source close to the situation tells Billboard that the band themselves pulled the song when they found out that Prince didn't approve of it.
Prince will be named a Billboard Icon and given a special trophy at this year's Billboard Music Awards on May 19. Asked about the honor, Prince tells the publication, "It’s always nice to be recognized for what we’ve done here, but I’m all about moving forward."
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